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BWL Announces New Smart Grid Pilot Project Launch

Thursday, November 06, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Contact: Amy Akers,



BWL Announces New Smart Grid Pilot Project Launch 

The Lansing Board of Water & Light announced today the launch of a new smart grid pilot project.

Starting on November 24, 140 residential customers in East Lansing’s Bailey neighborhood will be upgraded to have a smart meter installed on their home. Customers included in the pilot have received a letter by mail sharing with them the details of this project. Residents will also receive a postcard the week before installation, reminding them the BWL will be in the area to install.

Future benefits of smart meters will increase BWL’s operational efficiency and reliability, provide remote meter reading and allow customers to manage their own energy usage.

“Our new smart meters measure energy use with digital technology that enables us to read meters remotely. Smart meters help us provide even better service when for our customers contact us,” said General Manger J. Peter Lark. “Eventually, seeing the information from the smart meters will give our customers better control over their energy usage and their bill.”

This phase of the program is designed to review business processes and technology and there will be no charge to customers having meters installed. The project will begin to upgrade the electric grid with new technologies designed to improve the reliability, efficiency and security of electric services provided to our customers.

“We have been committed to this project for several years,” said Lark. “The meters the BWL will use have been certified by the FCC as safe and are designed not to interfere with home electronics or medical devices.”

The results of this pilot project can lead to a system wide conversion for nearly 100,000 residential and commercial customers over the next few years.

For more information on the BWL’s smart grid program, go to



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